Mem­o­ra­bilia sought to cel­e­brate 20 years of the Childers Fes­ti­val

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

AS THE only fes­ti­val to close the Bruce Hwy, the Childers Fes­ti­val is al­ready one of the big­gest events on the lo­cal cal­en­dar.

This year it is set to be the big­gest yet, as the event cel­e­brates 20 years.

To help mark the oc­ca­sion, Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil is ask­ing for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to share mem­o­ries and mem­o­ra­bilia as part of an his­toric ex­hi­bi­tion.

Childers li­brar­ian Denise Rap­kins hasn’t missed a fes­ti­val in 15 years and knows many res­i­dents are as pas­sion­ate about the fes­ti­val as she is. “It turns our town into a cul­tural hub,” Mrs Rap­kins said.

Mrs Rap­kins has do­nated pho­tos from her per­sonal col­lec­tion and has had a res­i­dent sub­mit pro­grams from past years and she’s en­cour­ag­ing other res­i­dents to do the same.

“There are plenty of res­i­dents who go each year and I wouldn’t hes­i­tate to say there would be a num­ber of res­i­dents who have been to ev­ery sin­gle fes­ti­val since its in­cep­tion,” Mrs Rap­kins.

“Bring any mem­o­ra­bilia you have kept over the years in to the li­brary to help us high­light this im­por­tant mile­stone.

“It doesn’t have to be a photo, it could be any­thing that cel­e­brates the his­tory of the Childers Fes­ti­val.”

Com­mu­nity Ser­vices spokes­woman Cr Judy Pe­ters said any­thing from pho­to­graphs to sou­venirs could be sub­mit­ted to any Bund­aberg Re­gional Li­brary for in­clu­sion.

“The Childers Fes­ti­val had fairly hum­ble be­gin­nings but the grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to see it suc­ceed en­sured it was an en­ter­prise that would not fail,” Cr Pe­ters said.

Cr Pe­ters also called for stall­hold­ers and per­form­ers to get in­volved in the event that at­tracts 40,000 peo­ple each year.

“The Childers Fes­ti­val never fails to at­tract huge crowds each year as peo­ple from across the state gather to cel­e­brate mul­ti­cul­tural en­ter­tain­ment and cui­sine in this beau­ti­ful her­itage lo­ca­tion,” Cr Pe­ters said.

Stall­holder and per­former expressions of in­ter­est close on March 31. Ap­ply at www.childer­s­fes­ti­ or phone 1300 883 699.

Any mem­o­ra­bilia in­cluded in the ex­hi­bi­tion will be re­turned.


BRING IT ON: Li­brar­ian Denise Rap­kins is ex­cited about this year’s Childers Fes­ti­val.

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